A pair of Michigan prison inmates failed in a violent and spectacular escape attempt Thursday when the garbage truck they hijacked inside the Muskegon Correctional Facility smashed through one layer of fencing but got hung up on a second, reports the Detroit Free Press. One of the would-be escapees, 38-year-old Jeffrey Jowske, was hospitalized as surgeons attempted to reattach an arm nearly severed on razor wire.
When the garbage truck arrived, an unarmed officer joined the civilian driver on his rounds, stopping at a loading dock near the prison kitchen. As the officer and driver exited the cab of the truck, they were attacked by Jowske and Cecil Hawkins, 53. Jowske and Hawkins then jumped in the truck and drove straight to the perimeter of the prison. The truck smashed through one layer of 12-foot-high reinforced chain link fencing, but struck a pole and stalled on the second layer. Hawkins apparently managed to climb on top of the cab and catapult over the second fence despite layers of razor wire, but Jowske became entangled when he tried to follow.